In the last post I showed the wonderful garden my sweetie made for me. I didn't tell you how expensive it was. First, there was the frame. Lumber from Lowe's. $$ Then there was a dumptruck load of topsoil. $$$ Plants. $
Since Buster likes to excavate, there was fencing.$
We have had a bumper crop of tomatoes, so I decided to make tomato sauce and can it. Thrifty, huh? We grew onions and garlic, too.
I bought canning jars.$
We want to be safe so I bought a pressure canner.$$
I spent hours washing jars, peeling tomatoes and chopping ingredients to make two huge pots of sauce.
My favorite part is my compost collection bin. We bought this little jewel $ on a vacation. They had nice little ceramic ones for less, but I figured I would probably drop it and that would be the end, so we sprung for the stainless one. It has a top with a charcoal filter to keep the smell of the garbage out of the kitchen. Now when I peel an onion or eat an orange, I just put the remains in this little bucket until I can go out to the compost bin. No more guilt over throwing out that natural fertilizer.
After chopping and stirring for hours, I finally put the jars in the canner to process.
Then, a mere 6 hours and $$$$$$$ later I have these jars of beautiful sauce. I wonder how much that is per jar?
Yes, indeed, I now have six, count 'em, six jars of sauce. Move over Ragu!